Blossomtime Festival April 27 - May 3. The Blossomtime Festival, which began in 1906 is an annual festival celebrating the agricultural industry in southwest Michigan. It is a multi-community event including 24 communities in southwest Michigan and is the oldest festival in the state. The Grand Floral Parade lasts two hours and has over 100 units, including floats with community queens and their courts, bands, clowns, costumed characters, antique cars and special units. 250,000 spectators come from the Midwest to enjoy this colorful parade which travels from St. Joseph across the river into Benton Harbor. Phone for more details (269) 982-8016.